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New EDCs Resource Guide
As governments, industry and public interest groups from across the globe prepare to meet next week to discuss endocrine disrupting chemicals and other international chemical safety issues, the Endocrine Society and IPEN released a new guide documenting the threat endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose to human health.
EDCs and other chemicals will be one topic of discussion when policymakers and other stakeholders meet in Geneva, Switzerland December 15th-17th to discuss next steps on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a global chemical safety policy framework. Over 100 countries are participating in the process organized mainly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with contributions from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Over the past year, more than 140 governments from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean recognized the special vulnerability of children during critical periods of development and declared the need for more awareness, information and monitoring of EDCs, including in children’s products, pesticides, electronics, building materials and textiles. Governments also called for a list of potential EDCs and their associated health effects along with safer substitutes, including non-chemical alternatives.